COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/30/1858 - HFSID 174708
Sale Price $488.75
COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD (CIVIL WAR)
In this letter to Senator Fessenden, Howard updates his friend on a claims court trial with a local farmer
Autograph Letter signed: "W.A.Howard", 2 pages, 7¾x9¾. Astor House, New York, 30 April 1858. To "Dear Pitt" [U.S. Senator] William Pitt Fessenden, Washington, D.C., In full: "Your letter in answer to Main respecting the Fink was rec'd. the only good news on it was Wm's safe return home. I shall write him in a day or two. I send him his grin, that I have reps from you for him. Cap John Ericsson had a claim against the US for services. Patent right to tc. tc. & has to pay in unanimously the court of the claims, and objected to the senate by US Senate of Michigan. I am normally cogniscent [sic] of the claim & know it to be just in my particular being associated with Ericsson at the time. W. Stuart's opposition proceeded entirely from personal feeling against Ericsson from a supposed slight some years since. The claim is a just one & the Government has treated & with great injustice 2 years. hence the country will be as tarnished that such a man could live so long and our County wishing being taken up by the Government. The world is indebted to him for [illegible] Look as our Commerce in the Lakes. & he will soon [illegible] (has in fact) a new person as beneficial to the agriculturalist. Commodore Stocklin's opposition to Ericsson, during the administration of that, fast-becoming-quite-a-respectable-president-by-comparison Tyler, let loose a while pack of airs to yelp as him because he had it in his former. I did show the lamentable ignorance of the naval Engineering controlling matters at Washington. Stocklin known of late has been obliged to admit the [illegible] of Ericsson claims from supports it. When It does come up, if you can constantly support it I wish you would. I pledge my honor to you its juez [unclear]. Again Ericsson is poor I& is winking high today to providence his 'Calorie Enzyme' which he in fact [illegible] done but not as yet made quite public. It will be the greatest boon of the day to the Farmer Mechanic. I am proud of your efforts in the great fight. My dear Pitt--you have taken your proper position on the Senate. I have watched you with great interest as you know & at one time thought I should be under the accused, of gone on. For you don't burn any parden [sic] merchant we remember. You must be tired to death of the miserable hole Washington, never mind you have shipped I& miss some out the cruise. And then. Go back, that's all. Con dias Pitt you with affection." William A. HOWARD (1807-1871) was a veteran Coast Guard officer who commanded a detachment of marine artillery during battles on the Carolina coast during the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, he was commissioned as a Colonel of the 1st New York Heavy Artillery in the defenses around Portsmouth & Norfolk. Earlier in his career, when he commanded the revenue cutter Jackson, he was said to look so resplendent in his Coast Guard uniform that naval officers pressured Navy Secretary Levi Woodbury to remove epaulettes from Coast Guard uniforms. In the years before the Civil War, he was in private business as a shipbuilder. William Pitt FESSENDEN (1806-1869) had resigned a seat in the U.S. Senate to assume, at the personal behest of President Lincoln, the Cabinet post of Treasury Secretary after the resignation of Secretary Chase. Fessenden, who as Chairman the important Senate Finance Committee (1861-1864) had played an important role in raising revenues for the Union cause, but he served at Treasury for only eight months (July 5, 1864 - March 3, 1865). Thereafter he returned to the Senate, becoming chairman of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Lightly creased. File holes at left edge. Toned . Ink note (unknown hand) on verso of last page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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